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2017 SCIP International Conference & Exhibition

May 15-18, 2017 | Atlanta, Georgia

Call for Sessions Guidelines 

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you read through the guidelines before submitting your proposal. If you have any questions please contact Lakshika Trikha ( or at +1.212.402.1804).



I. Important Dates and Links for Call for Sessions (CFS)


The deadline for workshop and session proposals is October 19, 2016. It is crucial that SCIP adheres to this deadline in order to meet subsequent conference planning milestones.


Survey submission: All proposals must be submitted via the following survey link:



If you are having trouble accessing the survey, please contact for alternative methods of submitting your proposal.


Notifications of proposal acceptance status will be sent to contributors via email. All proposals are welcome, and are not limited to the below themes. Please note, however, that SCIP membership and the program committee is specifically seeking insight and real world examples of CI as it applies to the specific business challenges identified below.



II. Theme and Sub-themes

Engaging and Developing the Modern Intelligence Workforce
From Individual Skillsets to Organizational Influence

At the mark of our 30th Anniversary in 2015, SCIP adopted the theme of ‘Game Changers’ for our annual conference to highlight significant market disruptors and trends that will forever change the way information is gathered, stored, and analyzed. In 2016, we emphasized ‘Collaborative Intelligence’ which urged intelligence professionals and teams to collaborate with other entities within their organizations for holistic insight into customer and competitor trends.


In 2017, we’re focusing on individual skillsets and linking key foundational abilities to the team’s organizational ability to make robust decisions and drive success. What are the skillsets required for preparing an individual for the intelligence profession? How can you, as a practitioner, ensure your toolbox of skills remains relevant for the future? What is the composition of a modern team and how do you manage outputs? Finally, how do you ensure your team influences decisions and steers the organization in the right direction? These are some of the questions the 2017 conference will strive to address with business case studies, tools, methodologies, and organizational models.


For 2017, we’re inviting submissions for 4 different streams: A) Individual Skillsets, B) Building your Team and Function, C) Organizational Development and D) Academic Stream. Some suggested session topics are below, although you are welcome to submit your original ideas as well.


A. Individual Skillsets

Suggested session topics:

  • Building Your Personal Body of Knowledge
  • Financial Intelligence & Forecasting
  • Leadership & Negotiating Politics
  • Basic Analytical Skills
  • Basic Intelligence Gathering Skills
  • Understanding Market Environment
  • Visualization & Presentation/Storytelling Skills
  • Building Competitor Landscapes
  • Customer Insights
  • Market Sizing and Segmentation
  • Dynamic & Critical Thinking

 B. Building Your Intelligence Team and Function

Suggested session topics:

  • Setting Up Your Team and Function
  • Building ROI & Performance Metrics
  • Building Frameworks
  • Building a Center of Excellence
  • Organizing Service Offerings
  • How to Build A Roadmap, Mission, Timeline & Budget
  • Owning the Numbers
  • Leveraging Social Media
  • Engaging Consultants Effectively and Efficiently

C. Organizational Development and Cross-Discipline Collaboration

Suggested session topics:

  • Influencing Company Processes – End to End Decision Making
  • Using Analytics to Influence your Organization
  • New Product Development & New Product Introductions
  • Overcoming Organizational Silos
  • The Power of Branding
  • Innovators & Disruptors, White Space & Adjacencies
  • Regulatory Challenges
  • Scenario Planning
  • Wargaming
  • Using Key Opinion Leaders

D. Academic Stream

Note: the academic stream is specifically designed for academics, by academics. It will focus on research and thought leadership focused on the evolution of the intelligence discipline. For details on the qualifications and proposal submission process please see Section VIII Academic Track – Qualifications and Stipulations). 


Suggested session topics:

  • Applied CI
  • Fundamental Research in CI and other fields
  • CI and Strategy
  • CI and Organization
  • CI and Management
  • CI and Seeking
  • CI and Searching
  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • Communication, Distribution
  • Strengthening Skills and Competencies in CI
  • Critical thinking & Human limitations, Cognitive biases
  • Methods, Tools, Concepts and Sources for CI;
  • CI and Juridical Issues & Ethics
  • Lobbying for CI
  • Performance Analysis
  • Future of CI, Changes to the Profession
  • CI for Small and Medium-Sized Companies
  • CI for Territories (Cities, states, regions for instance)
  • CI for Government (getting started, improving and evaluating a CI function within a Governmental Agency, and evaluating national and international CI Policy)
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Education and Practice in CI
  • Collaborative Intelligence in a Networked World
  • CI and Social Media
  • CI in Practice in the Global Environment - Lessons Learned


III. CFS Selection Process and Criteria

A. Selection to present a session at the SCIP conference is competitive, and there are more proposals than speaker slots. The Program Team will review proposals and strive to select those that offer a diverse and well-balanced educational program.


B. All proposals must stipulate the recommended theme and the level of experience the audience should possess in order to fully understand and use the information provided in the session.


C. All proposals will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • The session illustrates a current case study of CI Analysis as it was applied to a specific business challenge, its impact on decision making, and the nature and measure of the ROI.
  • The session delivers a deep immersion into a framework and/or tool.
  • The session provides a tangible example of a CI output/deliverable.
  • The session concludes with a review of key learnings and provides guidance to attendees on how to extrapolate and apply these key learnings in their companies.

D. Preference will be given to CI practitioners (extra points to those who propose joint presentations with their internal CI stakeholders), and to solution providers who propose sessions featuring a CI practitioner/client co-facilitator.


E. Duplication - when proposals contain similar content, selection will be based on both quantitative and qualitative merit.



IV. Guidelines for Session Formats

Below are five suggested formats for your session.


A. Pre-conference Workshop (Full Day or Half Day) – Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers


Pre-conference workshops will be scheduled on May 15 and 16, 2017. You may submit proposals for either a Full Day (6-hour) or Half Day (3-hour) workshop.

All workshops must:


i. Be interactive in nature.
ii. Provide opportunities for attendees to discuss and work through issues.
iii. Provide actionable solutions that attendees can implement at their organization.


B. Case Study Café (60 minutes) – Open to Practitioners Only

This session should include:

i. A formal presentation of a business case that presents a challenge and outlines the framework used to reach a solution. PowerPoint use is permitted.
ii. A question-and-answer session with a review\ and discussion of outcomes.


C. Innovation Exchange (60 minutes) - Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers

This session should include:

i. A brief presentation of a concept, tool, or technique. Up to 10 PowerPoint slides are permitted for this session format.
ii. An interactive exercise or roundtable discussion that engages participants to apply key lessons from the presentation.
iii. A brief question-and-answer session with a review and discussion of outcomes.


D. Learning Lab (20 minutes) - Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers

This session should include:

i. A 20-minute session that focuses on demonstrating a tool, framework, or best practice in intelligence. (Note: Participants will rotate through at least 3 different learning labs in a 60-minute time period)
ii. A brief question-and-answer session with a review and discussion of outcomes.


E. Lightning Rounds Presentation (10-15 minutes) - Open to Practitioners and Solution Providers

This session should include:

i. A 10-15-minute presentation that focuses on demonstrating a tool, framework, or best practice in intelligence.
ii. Solution Providers must present with a client to demonstrate the practical application of the tool being showcased.



V. Rules of the Road

A. Both practitioners and solution providers are invited to submit proposals for workshops and presentations.


B. All session formats are permitted use of PowerPoint using a specific template that will be provided by SCIP. Note that the use of PowerPoint in certain session formats are limited in their permitted number and must be non-promotional in nature. Company logos are not permitted on slides. Slides must be submitted 4 weeks in advance of the event for vetting and approval by the program committee.


C. Any number and combination of proposals may be submitted. However, we highly recommend that you propose distinct topics.


D. Non-workshop presenters will be expected to absorb their own printing expenses for handouts.


E. Accepted proposals will require a signed speaker, facilitator or co-presenter contract allowing SCIP to have the option to record the conference proceedings. Signed agreements are required of all presenters.


F. Accepted speakers are encouraged to participate in the entire conference. Accepted speakers must be at the conference at a minimum of two hours before their presentation.


G. Accepted speakers will be responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation expenses.


H. Accepted speakers must also agree to let SCIP add their presentation to conference proceedings on the SCIP website and to write up their presentation in one of the SCIP publications following the conference.


I. Co-presenters, named at the time of proposal submission, are subject to approval. Co-presenters will not be accepted after your proposal is submitted unless requested by the Program Team. Signed agreements are required of both Primary and Co-presenters.



VII. Complimentary Registration Benefits

A. Presenters will receive complimentary registration to the main 2017 International Conference. Registrations for workshops require the additional standard fee.


B. Co-presenters may qualify for and be afforded a complimentary registration upon further determination by the Program Team.


C. If you are a Solution Provider and facilitating a session and/or workshop, AND are also a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your registration pass is complimentary for up to one individual. If there are multiple facilitators from your organization, those individuals must utilize the passes inclusive within your sponsorship/exhibition package. You may only exceed the number of total team passes in your contract by one, if you are facilitating a session. Please note that additional passes are available for purchase.


D. If you are a Solution Provider and facilitating a session and/or workshop, AND are NOT a sponsor and/or exhibitor, your registration pass is complimentary.



VIII. Academic Track – Qualifications and Stipulations

The 2017 conference will for the first time offer a SCIP Academic Track for full-time tenured academics and full-time graduate students only. We are accepting papers, discussions, lessons learned and the most up to date research findings from academics who are actively involved in full-time teaching, research and supervision of postgraduate students.


Important Note: Academics attending this particular track will be invited to participate in the rest of the Summit for the General Session presentations only. During the breakouts, they will only be permitted attend the academic track sessions.


A. Proposal Submission - Manuscripts

You must submit your research in the form of a paper with details outlined below. The paper will provide the basis for your conference presentation.


i. Full Papers covering the suggested topics or are original but linked to the conference theme should be submitted electronically via the survey portal or emailed to Michelle Winter
ii. Full papers should be no longer than 10-20 single-spaced pages (Font - Times New Roman, Size 11), including the title, tables, figures, appendices, references, and other illustrative materials.
iii. Papers should have an abstract (maximum of 200 words), as well as an introduction. Each paper should indicate the title of the paper, author(s) names and institutional affiliation, and email addresses.
iv. Use single column, one-inch margins (1”) all-round: Top, bottom, left, and right. References and citations should be prepared in accordance with APA Publication or Harvard Manuals.
v. Academics are also invited to submit their original papers of their research-in-progress for exclusive presentation.
vi. Graduate students are encouraged to submit their completed research papers. Graduate student’s papers will be considered for the SCIP Graduate Research Award.
vii. All manuscripts should be written in English and focus on current trends. Preference will be given to innovative, original research and contribution to the field.
viii. All manuscripts will undergo a thorough double blind review process by experts in the field that will look at the scientific rigor of the research and conformity to the conference theme.
ix. Researchers whose manuscripts are selected for presentation will also be offered the opportunity to have their papers published in a special issue of an accredited academic journal.


B. Presentation Requirements

i. All academic research paper presentations will be 30-minutes in length. There will be 2 presentations per breakout timeslot.
ii. All PowerPoint presentations must use the SCIP conference academic template.
iii. All presenters must submit a short abstract for the conference program.


C. Conference Registration

As for presenters of all other sessions, academic track presenters will receive complimentary registration to the main 2017 International Conference. Registrations for workshops and networking events will require the additional standard fee.


D. Academic Track Organizing and Review Committee:

  • John Prescott (University of Pittsburg)
  • Jonathan Calof (University of Ottawa, Canada)
  • Ruben Arcos (Facultad de Ciencas Juridicas y Sociales Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Pso de Artillons s/n)
  • Nisha Sewdass (University of South Africa)
  • Pascal Frion (Jules Verne Institute of Prospective and Innovative Projects, France)
  • Avner Barnea (Senior Lecturer on Competitive Intelligence, the Graduate School of Business Administration, the Netanya Academic College, Israel)

E. Who should attend the Academic Track?

Academics from the following disciplines are welcome: Behavioral Sciences; Business; Communication; Computing; Documentation; Education Science; Epistemology; Ethics; Information Science; Knowledge Management Intelligence Studies; Management; Neurosciences; Political Sciences; Sociology; Strategy; National Security Intelligence


Thank you and Good Luck! If you have any questions please contact Lakshika Trikha ( or at +1.212.402.1804).

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